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Bleeding Gums Should I Get Test For HIV

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Bleeding Gums During Oral Test

I went to the health department today and got a rapid oral test. Swabbing my gums apparently made them start bleeding. Any risk from this? I don't really know that much about how the oral tests work (it was oraquick) so not sure if they use...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
No, there is no risk of getting HIV from an HIV test. There is no virus used in testing. DW... Read more »

scared of getting tested risky bleeding gums during oral sex

This is probably my fifth try. I know the oral sex questions never stop but please help me. To... Read more »

Gums bleed and I performed anilingus on someone that is HIV+

Hi,I believe I asked a question close to this before, but I didn't make clear that my gums... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Study Links Acid Produced From Gum Disease With HIV

A recent study conducted by researchers in Japan found that an acid produced in the mouth because of gum disease might promote the progression of HIV, AFP/ Yahoo! News reports. According to the researchers, the study, which will be published in... Read more »
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How Accurate Are Rapid HIV Tests? Study Finds Blood Tests Slightly More Accurate Than Oral Tests

Rapid HIV tests perform slightly worse when testing oral samples in comparison to blood, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Jan. 24. Researchers from Canada, led by Nitika Pant Pai, M.D., of McGill... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

New York Times Examines Rapid HIV Testing, Debate Over OTC Use; Newsweek Profiles OraSure CEO, Oral HIV Test

The New York Times on Saturday examined rapid HIV testing -- which has become the center of the U.S. strategy to prevent the disease and some say has "revolutionized" testing -- and the debate surrounding FDA 's consideration of a proposal to... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV/AIDS Advocates Mark National HIV Testing Day, Promote Use of OraQuick Rapid Tests

Leaders from the business, civic, faith, entertainment and media communities are joining together today to support National HIV Testing Day in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of HIV testing and encourage people to get tested, the... Read more »
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Oral Sex Bleeding Gums and Hiv...Please help

Posted by terrifiednFla, 1 Reply
I have been engaging in performing oral sex for many months on different men with HIV status unknown. None of which ejaculated in my mouth. But after what im feeling I am fearful that i have contracted HIV. I tasted blood in my mouth and had... Read more »

bleeding gums

Posted by Anonymous
I'm waiting to get tested after a possable exposier.Recently after brushing my teath I had bleeding gums.Half an hour later I did the most stupidist thing and deep kissed my girlfriend.I am worried to death that I may have exposed her.Anyone in here... Read more »

receiving oral sex from partner with bleeding gums

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Hello...great job on the boards everyone. I am fretting over here, and wonder if you can help. I am female, and I received oral sex from a man with a sketchy sexual history. He has very poor teeth, and I assume bleeding gums, although I can't be... Read more »

Please help!!!! Uprotected oral and bleeding gums

Posted by boogen52
Hi, I'm new here so I'll do my best to write this simple like. I am a 25 year old male who about two months ago was involved in unprotected oral sex recieved from and given to a girl of the same age with unknown HIV/AIDS status. I have bleeding... Read more »